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Supreme Court Accepts Abandoned Railroad Right-of-Way Case

The court will decide who owns an abandoned railroad right-of-way: the United States or a private land owner living next to the right-of-way.

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'That's Democracy': Lyrics by Alan Rosenthal, Adapted by Ginger Gold Schnitzer

Watch a performance by Ginger Gold Schnitzer of the late Alan Rosenthal's composition "That's Democracy."

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Webinar: State Roles in Long-Term Services and Supports

Webinar explores the states' roles in Medicaid managed long-term services and supports.

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Energy Planning for Climate Regulations: Webinar rescheduled to Oct. 31

Webinar examines how policy makers can assist in achieving targeted emissions without harming economic productivity.

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State impacts of McCutcheon vs. FEC

The Supreme Court is hearing the federal campaign finance case McCutcheon vs. FEC, which could have significant ramifications for states.

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Legislative chaplains in the news

Legislative chaplains seldom make news but The New York Times featured not one, but two, stories about prayers in legislatures.

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Election Laws Challenged in Only State to Act Since Supreme Court Ruling on Voting Rights Act

The Department of Justice is filing suit against North Carolina for its new elections law, enacted in July.

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With Congress unable to agree on a budget, resulting in a government shutdown beginning Oct. 1, it's worth noting that many state governments have also faced shutdowns over the years.

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With wars winding down, more and more Americans are returning home. About 23 million veterans live in the United States today, many of whom need help reintegrating into civilian life. We talk commonly about how important it is for veterans to access jobs, school, medical and mental health care, and social events such as visits with family and friends. But what makes all these activities possible? Transportation.

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The Oregon State Capitol celebrates its 75th birthday on Tuesday. Born out of two fires—the first destroyed the original statehouse in 1855, the second consumed a structure modeled after the U.S. Capitol in 1935—the Capitol is four stories high and topped by a 23-foot bronze and gold leaf statue of the Oregon Pioneer (affectionately known as the “Gold Man” by the building’s inhabitants).

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.